Occupation, health and well-being

  • Law M
  • Steinwender S
  • Leclair L
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Abstract

Occupational therapists believe that there is a relationship between occupation, health and well-being but there is little evidence in the occupational therapy literature to support this belief. This paper describes the results of a critical review of research examining the relationship between occupation and health and well-being. Twenty- two studies from the health and social sciences literature were reviewed using specific methodolog- ical review criteria. The findings of these studies provide moderate to strong evidence that occupation has an important influence on health and well-being. Because most of this research has been completed with persons without disabilities, further research is required to explain the nature of the relation- ship between occupation and health and well-being for persons who experience a disability which affects their daily occupations

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  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health
  • Occupation
  • Psychological well-being

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